Local residents demand protection for Egyptian Museum

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A Euronews video shows Cairo residents forming a human shield to protect the Egyptian Museum, which houses tens of thousands of objects including most of the King Tutankhamen collection. “We are standing here and calling for the army to come as soon as possible and we will not leave until the army arrives.” The people demanded, determined to safeguard it … Read More

“A Primer on the Restitution of Looted Antiquities”

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The Fall/Winter 2010 edition of Cultural Heritage & Arts Review, a publication of the American Society of International Law’s Interest Group on Cultural Heritage & the Arts, is now available by subscription. One of the articles “The Ancient World Meets the Modern World: A Primer on the Restitution of Looted Antiquities” can be found on Herrick, Feinstein LLP‘s web site. … Read More

Import restrictions on Italian antiquities extended

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Today’s Federal Register announced that import restrictions imposed on certain archaeological material originating in Italy have been extended for another five years. The material represents the pre-Classical, Classical, and Imperial Roman periods of its cultural heritage, ranging in date from approximately the 9th century B.C. through approximately the 4th century A.D. The determination was made under the terms of the … Read More

Rock Art Vandalism… Again!

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Another incidence of rock art vandalism has been recorded in Arizona, this time at the Glen Canyon Dam, where the “Descending Sheep” rock art panel was damaged. An example of similar rock art can be seen at left (from http://www.travelpod.com/). A National Park Service employee reported that someone has scratched their name, “Trent,” onto the surface of the panel during … Read More

The right to rest in peace: Native American human remains and NAGPRA final rule

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After 20 years since its passage as federal law on November 16, 1990 the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) is still capable of sparking off controversies and fiery debates among American Indians, cultural institutions, and academics. December 12th 2010, with a very much trite titles when it comes to Native American repatriation issues, “Bones of Contention”, the … Read More

Costa Rican artifacts in limbo

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Kate Taylor’s December 31 New York Times article “Museum Wants to Return Objects, but There’s a Hitch” describes an interesting circumstance. The Brooklyn Museum has offered to return about 4,500 artifacts to Costa Rica in a culling effort to reduce its vast holdings and overstuffed closets, according to Kate Taylor’s article. Keeping some of the most valuable pieces, the museum’s … Read More